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November 8, 2018
Mother Trees, Free Patterns, Stitching from Canadian Needle Nana

This is one of the Mother trees on this property.  Surviving for over a hundred years and still sending out leaves that turn this unique yellowish colour.  This is a side of the house where the basement exit is that I've never shown you either...there is my outside compost bin on the lower left.  This tree is visible from our bedroom window and produces quite a show all year round.  The woodpeckers love it and all the blackened limbs when snow laden are beautiful too.

After a short rainfall,the light was strange, illuminating, yet through the trees ...

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October 31, 2018
October Update from Creating Chaos

By the skin of my teeth, I have finally got round to a few updates of crafty makes in October.

First, I made a few additions to my Autumn display - conkers and a pumpkin!  The conkers were from a pattern by Coastal Crochet, one of my favourite designers.  You will have seen more of her designs on here in the past.  The pumpkin was a pattern on Pinterest which sadly did not credit anyone.

So the finished display now looks like this.

With only one more month to go I have been thinking about my winter display which will of ...

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October 22, 2018
My Sewing Room, October 2018 from Canadian Needle Nana

This week I moved my sewing room and am now situated at the back of the house a little removed from the main area I have shown you a couple of times.  The move was more taxing than I realized mainly because I had poked a lot of stuff in that relatively small space. Hubby helped and provided me with one of those wheelie carts.
  But I kind of didn't want him around all the time...he just might see how much sewing/stitching/knitting stuff I've accumulated. Can't have that, LOL.

I put my work table ...

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October 9, 2018
Turkey-Wearing Cat and Jigg's Dinner from Canadian Needle Nana

 Tomorrow is officially turkey day here in Canada so Happy Thanksgiving to all celebrating the holiday with family today.  Without the exciting drama of Black Friday or the quaint story of Pilgrims and Indians dining together, but with family and turkey and all the trimmings just the same.

Where I come from it includes a version of something called  Jiggs Dinner which is Boiled New England Dinner in other places. My complaint, which I share with other Newfoundlanders, is that it is hard to find good salt meat here on the mainland(what we call the rest of Canada). By ...

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September 10, 2018
Ugly Skin, Redwork and Composting from Canadian Needle Nana

Have you ever done this?  Put aside a bunch of clothes to bring to the goodwill and then gone back to the bag later on and pulled out something and put it on?? I did that very thing recently.  The warm, humid weather continued last week and I don't have that many short sleeved blouses (because of my vitiligo) and I remembered one I'd put in that bag and went and got it.
Some days you just need short sleeves...ugly arms or not!  I'll be brave and show you what I'm talking about.

Sometimes when ...

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September 4, 2018
Christmas Red and Rock Recipe's Bakeapple Cheesecake from Canadian Needle Nana

I had an unusual birthday cake this year. Daughter made me a Bakeapple Cheesecake.  Bakeapples are an orange shaded berry that grow in my home province, Newfoundland and Labrador.  It is called Cloudberry in Europe and grows in specific marsh-like areas. Because there is just one berry per stalk, they are not plentiful the way bush berries can be and make it a challenge to get a lot of them. And I can testify it is backbreaking work! Due to all this, they are expensive to buy.

But we love their unique flavour and prize them for jams especially.

But ...

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August 13, 2018
Design Wall Monday - August 13, 2018 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Here's a picture of a finished redwork quilt, taken on the bench on my front porch: Years and years and years ago, my friend Dee embroidered a set of squares in redwork.  She completed all the embroidery except for the French knots.  She didn't like to do French knots, or didn't know how to make them, I can't remember which.  But I did all the French knots for the squares, and then

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July 30, 2018
Design Wall Monday - July 30, 2018 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

My design wall today is the floor in the front hallway: I am looking at progress on the redwork quilt.  The four borders around the outside are slowly getting finished.  The last time I looked at progress on them was a year ago in (this) post: Border #1  10 flowers  - finished Border #2    8 flowers  - 2 to go Border #3    5 flowers  - 5 to go Border #4    2 flowers  - 8 to go I

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July 22, 2018
Redwork Project for Christmas from From My Carolina Home

I am finally getting to this project I’ve been wanting to start for over a year.  I got this adorable pattern from Red Brolly some time ago.  Unfortunately, Bronwen Hayes has closed her store, no longer posts to her website, and has abandoned her Facebook page.  The ‘temporary closure’ was in January 2017.  Messages to her have gone unanswered. I wish I could find out what happened to such a talented designer.  This was a free download, and I wish I could give you a link to it.  It is just so cute!!

Redwork Embroidery Stitch Along at

To make the project, I got ...

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June 25, 2018
Design Wall Monday - June 25, 2018 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Well June is almost over; I can't believe it.  I did take three quilts to a long-arm quilter, so that is something quilty, but not much else has been happening around here.  I brought my redwork with me while at the cabin, and here is the latest block that I'm working on - two chickens: My question to you is:  Just how many chickens should be in this redwork quilt?  Why do I ask?........

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June 18, 2018
Design Wall Monday - June 18, 2018 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Hello Design Wall Friends!  I have only sewn a little bit on the Jane Stickle Quilt this week, and have no new pictures to show to you for that project.  I'm at the cabin up north, and have with me my redwork project, and am working on the four borders for this quilt.  I think I've shown pictures of the borders before, but here is another picture: I'm feeling stressed about the Jane

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May 5, 2018
A Quilters Place from I like to Quiltblog

Mein kleiner Beitrag zum Ufo-Abbau-LinkParty

Ich muss gestehen, dass es echt noch nicht
 so gut läuft mit dem Abbauen der UFO´s.
Ich fange immer neue Sachen an...;-)
Aber ich bin mega glücklich mit dem kleinen Redwork-Quiltchen,
11½ x 14 Inch.
Das Muster war letztes Jahr in eine Patchworkzeitchrift.
Für die Flying Geeses am Rand habe ich ein neues/altes Lineal benutzt,
nämlich das Quilt in a Day Mini Ruler Set von Elenor Burns
 und ich bin begeistert von ihre Methode,
perfekte Gänse zu nähen, sogar diese Minis in  ¾ x 1½" .

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November 3, 2017
OMG, A Patchwork Year and Autumn Finale from Canadian Needle Nana

Before any stitching chat, you must allow me to brag a little about the beauty of my hometown -Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.  But you don't have to take my word for is a video made by my brother and sister- in- law that shows the autumn is beautiful in scenic western Newfoundland.

So a last look at Autumn 2017...

Completely new to me is this idea.  

I've been reading Wendy at The Constant Quilter talking about Potholder Quilting.  Well I just thought she was meaning "quilt as you go" so I admired her work ...

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October 27, 2017
New Quilting Books and Magazines in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of October 27, 2017 from Curlicue Creations

American Quilter Magazine, the Winter 1993, Volume IX, No.4 issue. This magazine features Chris Wold Edmonds, In the Landscape Tradition, Facial Features, Special Delivery, and more.

This fabulous issue of American Quilter magazine is in used, but very good condition. 70 pages of great ideas for quilting.

American Quilter Magazine, the Summer 1995, Volume XI, No. 2 issue. This magazine features Debra Wagner Defines Machine Quilting, Pieced Roses, The Difference Project, The Journey of the Seven Sisters, and more.

This fabulous issue of American Quilter magazine is in used ...

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September 14, 2017
Finishes and Santa Stitching from Canadian Needle Nana

Well, I must admit I'm starting to feel more normal.  But I've been working on it...walking lots, trying to sleep better and more, listening to music I love, researching a few ideas I've had on my list for ages that were nagging me, and getting out with friends.

I've mentioned I am a true loner.  If you can think that heaven is being home, plonked in front of a Netflix show, stitching in hand and two dogs snoring softly nearby, then you understand me.  And yes, Hubby is in this scenerio too.  It's like ...

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September 11, 2017
Design Wall Monday - September 11, 2017 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Today we remember the attack by the Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda on the United States of America.  It has been 16 years, and I remember it as if it was yesterday.  Also today, we are hearing about the terrible destruction of the hurricanes, both in Texas and in Florida.  Whenever I am thinking of such destruction, and the terrible loss of life involved with all of these, I am picking up my

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